Stan Lee to CNN: The hardest part isn’t creating superheroes, it’s …
CNN spoke with legendary comic book creator Stan Lee about the latest ‘X-Men’ movie and creating those famous superheroes and super-villains . The full interview aired on CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper, 4-5 p.m. E.T.
Manhattan born and raised Stan Lee is a prolific American comic book writer, actor and entrepreneur who is probably most famous for being the former head of Marvel Comics.
He is the creator or co-creator of dozens of iconic comic characters including “Spider-Man”, the “Fantastic Four”, “Iron Man”, and “The Hulk”.
Born Stanley Martin Lieber on December 28, 1922, in New York City, New York, he is mostly revered by comic book fans for creating Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, and other comic superheroes beginning in the 1960s. Stan became the editor of Marvel Comics by the 1960s. Even though his beginnings were humble, he had eventually rose to the positions of Marvel President and Chairman. During his time running Marvel, he successfully led the company from a small publishing house to a major multimedia Corporation.
Under Lee’s guidance, Marvel Comics is often credited with revitalizing the superhero genre in general. In collaboration with several notable artists, like Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, he was the co-creator of Spider-Man, the Hulk, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, as well as the Silver Surfer among numerous other fictional characters.
In his highly-prolific career, Lee has received two coveted awards; The Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame and Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1994 and 1995, respectively. Outside of the comic world, he founded the Stan Lee Foundation in 2010 which focuses on Arts, Literacy and education.
Lee spoke with CNN’s Jake Tapper about the business fo keeping superheroes fresh and relevant.
Lee on the hardest part of his job:
“We’ve already established the super hero. We know Spiderman, we know Daredevil, and the Fantastic Four, and the X-Men, and the Hulk, and all of them. We know them, Captain America, and the Avengers. But every month we have to come up with a new super villain, or a new super menace that these characters have to battle, and that’s the tough thing,”
Lee on why he doesn’t have a cameo in the new ‘X-Men’ Movie:
“It could also be they didn’t want me to do the cameo, because without my cameo the movie will make more money. Somebody watches the movie, and the movie ends, and the person says: ‘Wow, I didn’t see Stan’s cameo. I must have missed it.’ So what do they do? Right back to the box office, buy another ticket, and watch the movie again. I think it’s a big money making ploy on the part of the producers.”